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Questions about Rosh Hashana _and_ Yom Kippur. Not for questions unique to one or the other.

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Why do people respond “Gam L'mar”?

During this past Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur, whenever I wished someone Shanah Tovah or (G'mar) Chatimah Tovah s/he responded Gam L'mar. I don't recall having heard that before this year. Doesn't ...
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Gemar Hatima Tova vs. Hatima Tova vs. Gemar Tov

When do we wish Gemar Hatima Tova , Hatima Tova and Gemar Tov? What are the differences between the three? Does it relate to the High Holiday schedule?
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Where can one encounter the first rabbinic mention of the term “high holy day(s)” (or “high holiday(s)”)?

Where can one encounter the first rabbinic mention of the term "high holy day(s)" (or "high holiday(s)") in English (or any language where the translation is likewise the same, "high holy day(s)", (...
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How/best places to find time to think/reflect during RH/YK davening?

This question is about how to make the yamim noraim services profound cognitive experiences when there is barely time to say the words in the machzor and only rarely time to reflect on the words (e.g.,...
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High holidays in the Torah

If the high holidays are really so momentous and paramount in Judaism, why are they not even mentioned in passing in the Torah until far into Leviticus, in fact, after the mishpatim, pilgrimage ...
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Why is there a common custom to place white coverings in shul for the High Holidays?

I understand the reason why people wear a kittel (a white "coat") or white clothing on Yom Kippur, and why some people wear it on Rosh Hashanna as well. The common two reasons I have seen are that ...
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Changing the High Holiday shul “look”

Most shuls that I have attended change the parochet (ark "curtain"), shulchan (Torah reading table) and amud (chazzan's table) coverings and Torah coverings to white in honor of Rosh Hashanna and Yom ...
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Should you prompt someone to ask you for mechila before Yom Kippur?

If G0d forbid you have a grudge against someone (and you did not rebuke them [enough] at the time--your fault) must you/should you tell them about it before Yom Kippur so they know to ask you for ...
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Source for not singing Yamim Nora'im tunes during the year

I was told that one should not sing the tunes used for davening on the Yamim Nora'im during the year (the exception being during the month of Elul, in order to prepare for the High Holidays), because ...
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Sargenes vs. Kittel

This is fairly simple: Growing up in the US, the only white robes available for wearing during Rosh haShannah and Yom Kippur are standard kittels. I have heard that the kittel worn in Germany prior ...
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Source for tune sung when prayer leader pauses

On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur, sometimes the prayer leader needs to cough or swallow or clear his throat or catch his breath or the like. The congregation then sings a little tune, I guess to avoid an ...
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Meaning of עריכת נר לבן ישי משיחך

In the third blessing of the amidot for the yamim nora'im, there is a phrase ועריכת נר לבן ישי משיחך. In what sense is the root ערכ used in the phrase? Is this phrase a reference to a verse in the ...
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Second-Person Plural Imperative in ברכת קדושת השם of Rosh HashShanah and Yom Kippur

In the expanded 3rd blessing of the Amidah used on the yamim nora'im, there is a sentence (in Nusah Sefard): לדור ודור המליכו לאל כי הוא לבדו מרום וקדוש This is phrased in the second-person plural ...
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Thinking behind an unusual translation of the last word of Ashamnu?

There is a strikingly unusual translation in The Artscroll Selichos Siddur1. In several translations I have seen over the years, the last words of "Ashamnu", "תָּעִינוּ, תִּיעְתָּעְנוּ" are ...
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Can one use a kittel that had previously been on a dead person?

There is a custom to bury a dead person with a kittel. It is also customary for men to wear a kittel in shul during the High Holidays. Let's say a dead body is exhumed. In Israel, it is common to ...
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Rosh HaShanah for Under 20

As mentioned in this question, Shabbos 89b states that the heavenly Beis Din does not punish people under 20. Why is to be discussed there. My question is regarding Elul and the Yamim Noraim. Is ...
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Please explain the “introductory” paragraph for High Holiday Piyutim

Near the beginning of the reader's repetition of the High Holiday Amidah, there is an introductory paragraph (Nusach Ashkenaz and I assume in Nusach Sefarad, as well) that starts: מסוד חכמים ...
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What (if any) is the connection between the three weeks and the Yomim Noraim?

Are there any sources that discuss the significance/meaning of the fact that Elul and the Yomim Noraim almost immediately follow the 3 weeks of mourning? (actual sources preferred over speculation)
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Chazzan Recordings Online (Nusach Sefard)

Is there anywhere online where I can find recordings of Nusach Sefard liturgy, as sung by the chazzan? There are plenty of websites dedicated to liturgy according to Nusach Ashkenaz and some Chabad-...
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Do vows made in the year after a hatarat nedarim require another hatarat nedarim to annul?

Bracketing out, for a moment, the matter of the hatarot nedarim that everyone makes before Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the text of the regular hatarat nedarim (annulment of vows) (http://halachipedia....
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How to have an easier time with Yom Tov?

NOTE: None of the following applies to Yom Kippur. I am a chozeret b'teshuva who has found most of the mitzvot to be positive challenges: within my reach, if only over time. However, one absolutely ...
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Why say זכרנו and מי כמוך with the ש״ץ during the week but not on ר״ה ויו״כ? [closed]

For the ten days from Rosh Hashana through Yom Kipur, we add four sentences to the amida (sh'mone esre), starting respectively with "זכרנו",‎ "מי כמוך",‎ "וכתוב", and "‏(ו)בספר". I've ...
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Seeking tips for avoiding rationalizing when doing heshbon nefesh (self-accounting)

Especially at this time of year (around the high holidays), we are to reflect on ourselves and do an accounting of our soul (heshbon nefesh). But all people are good at rationalizing what they do. ...
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Why is the Hineni prayer said before the silent Amida?

The Hineni prayer is said by the Chazan before the silent Amida on the high holidays. In it, the Chazan admits his personal flaws but asks still to be allowed to be a righteous and competent ...
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What is the reason for the ark opening & closing procedure during Aleinu in High Holiday Musaph?

The Art Scroll & Birnbaum siddurim Nusach Ashkenaz for both Rosh Hashannah & Yom Kippur state this ark / opening procedure during the cantor's recital of the Aleinu prayer during Musaph on ...
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What is the meaning of the term בוחן כליות in High Holiday prayers? [duplicate]

In Nusach Ashkenaz (and I assume Nusach Sefard as well as other nuscha'ot), there is a "hymn" said as part of the Musaph service on both days of Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur that has a refrain וכל ...
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What is the origin of using a different trope mode for the High Holidays in Nusach Ashkenaz?

I noticed that during the High Holidays there isa special trope mode that is used in Nusach Ashkenaz shuls. I assume they do the same in many Nusach Sefard shuls as well. When and where (or who ...
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Seeking downloadable practice files for High Holiday Shacharit practice

IY"H, I shall be the Shaliach Tzibbur for 2nd day Rosh Hashanna Shacharit and Yom Kippur. I feel that I know the nuscah well, as I have been doing this for many years. However, I could use some tunes ...
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Why do we recite Sh'losh Esrei Middos 3 times during the pre-Torah service on the High Holidays?

It seems odd the we would repeat the 13 middos of God three times in a row, it is as if we are saying there are 39 middos. So why do we say the Sh'losh Esrei Middos three times in a row on the yomim ...
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Origin of custom of cantor walking for “Hineni”

Prior to the Musaph service on the High Holidays, the cantor recites a prayer called Hineni, named after the first word of the prayer meaning "Behold, I am...". The prayer's contents is mainly the ...
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Can a Shaliach Tzibur recite the High Holiday piyutim in English?

Some shuls (this seems common in non-Orthodox shuls) have a lot of English responsive reading during the High Holiday services. Usually the "larger" piyutim, i.e., those that are recited while the ...
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Copy/Pastable Machzor

I've been looking for some time without success for a simple computer text copy of the machzorim for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. However, despite my inability to locate such a resource, I am not ...
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Where can I find a machzor for people who aren't fluent in prayer?

My Reform congregation is currently considering buying the forthcoming Mishkan Hanefesh machzor. I've reviewed (and led services from) drafts of this publication and, while it is an improvement over ...
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Why does the Machzor Rabba sometimes have an א at the bottom of the page?

My Machzor Rabba, nusach Ashkenaz, sometimes prints a dot, and sometimes an א at the bottom of the page. Anyone know why? I've included pictures of a double page with two dots, one with two alephs, ...
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Should shma be read in the special trop?

On the Yamim Noraim, a special trop is used for reading the Torah. For someone who generally reads shma with the trop, would it be preferable to use the special trop if possible? I ask because ...
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Psalm 121 - when is it said?

What is typically the association for Psalm 121? Is it associated specifically with the yamim noraim (Days of Awe), or is there another association?
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Is Psalm 118:19 associated with Hallel and Yamim Noraim?

Is the verse פתחו לי שערי צדק from Psalms 118:19 associated with Hallel? When is typically recited and does it have any connection to ימים הנוראים?
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Recordings of Baer and Lewandowski

Chazzanim Avraham Baer z"l and Louis Lewandowski a"h created some of the most important books of chazzanut of the 19th century. בעל תפלה oder Der Praktische Vorbeter and Kol Rinnah U'Tefillah recorded ...
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High Holy Days silent musaf: do we bow at וַאֲנַחְנוּ כֹּרעִים ומִשְׁתַּחֲוִים?

In the musaf amidah on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we say the Oleinu prayer. This is also said towards the end of most services when there is a custom to bow when saying וַאֲנַחְנוּ כֹּרעִים ...
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Saying Misod and Reshut (introduction) for piyutim, then skipping them

I have seen that many yeshivos (and recently, even some shuls) often say just Misod and the Reshus on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and then skip the actual piyutim they are meant to introduce! This ...
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Why is 'misod chachomim unevonim' sometimes said and sometimes omitted in the repetition of the Amidah?

In Askenazi communities, the piece beginning 'misod chachomim unevonim' is said at the repetition of the Amidah at Shacharis when there are piyuttim (except Purim) and on Musaf on Yomim Noraim as well ...
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Piyyutim on Yomim Noraim. Why do we split phrases against their meaning?

Why is it that in the davenning for Yomim Noraim, we split up the phrases in many of the piyyutim against their real meaning? For example, in “Vechol maaminim shehu…” (p 538 Artscroll Machzor For Yom ...